May 05, 2010
The statewide University of Tennessee was on display at Legislative Plaza on April 21 at the fourth annual UT Day on the Hill in Nashville.
Legislators visited with faculty, students and staff at displays representing the Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin campuses, the Health Science Center, Institute of Agriculture and Institute for Public Service, UT Alumni Association and Vol Athletics.
Participants – including the 2010 class of UT’s legislative interns – reminded legislators and their staffs of the positive impact UT has on the lives of all Tennesseans through education, research, public service and economic development.
Coaches Pat Summitt, Bruce Pearl and Derek Dooley were the star attractions of a lunch-time reception hosted by the UT Alumni Association. All three coaches spoke passionately of UT’s importance, and Pearl made a heartfelt plea about the need to support higher education, especially in tough times ahead.
“We all are who we are and are here today because of what higher education has done for each of us,” Pearl said. “It’s one of the most important things you can support.”
Interim President Jan Simek and members of his executive team also met with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) and House Speaker Kent Williams (R-Elizabethton), both of whom voiced their support for the University and its unique role in Tennessee higher education.